Drama as nominee for NCC Board seeks scrapping of Senate.

During the screening of the nominees, a member of the committee had confronted the nominee asking why he once led a protest for the scrapping of the Senate.

The member told the nominee that he was appearing before the same Senate he wanted scrapped.

Abubakar, in his response, insisted that the cost of running the Senate was high and therefore should be scrapped.

The nominee noted that a situation where the senators had been receiving huge transport, wardrobe and dressing allowances and others was a clear economic loss to the country.

He also listed the purchase expensive vehicles for senators as another reason why the upper chamber should be done away with.

The committee presented several photographs of the nominee leading organised protests against the Senate, particularly at the gate of the National Assembly recently.

The apparently unrepentant Abubakar told the committee that he has no regret for his actions.

He insisted that he was still convinced that “the Senate is an avenue for wastage of scarce economic resources of the country”.

The Senate, he said, “must go”.

Speaking after the session, Abubakar told reporters that the Senate should be scrapped.

The Bauchi State nominee however denied telling the committee that the Senate must be scrapped.

He said: “It is not true that I told members of the committee that the Senate should be scrapped.

“They asked me whether I was part of the group that agitated for the scrapping of the Senate and I said yes because of so many things involved in the Senate and their budget.

“They asked me to state the reasons why we were agitating for the scrapping of the Senate.

“I said it is because of their huge budget.

“They (Senators) consume a lot of resources from the government.

“They put it in their own budget.

“Also, they have transport allowance and, yet, they budget a lot of money to acquire vehicles.”

Abubakar said that the committee confronted him with several photographs of him during the “Occupy National Assembly” protests, including the ones held at the National Assembly and in Bauchi State, which he did not deny.

Asked if he still stood by his words that it was a waste to keep the Senate and that it should be scrapped, Abubakar replied: “The Senate must go because something has to be done to cut down the expenses on the Senate.

“I still maintain that.”

The committee had earlier listed what it described as “grave irregularities” in the personal records of the nominee.

The committee noted that it was curious that apart from birth certificate, there were only copies of court affidavit and police extract dated the same day, claiming loss of his credentials.

The committee noted that it appears the court affidavit and police extract were procured after Abubakar had been nominated to serve in the board.

The committee also said that it was interesting that the highest academic qualification of the nominee was a one-year “Diploma in Computer” from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi.

It said that the attached statement of result was dated September 23, 2016, also obtained after he had been nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Requested to show reason why he chose to present documents that were procured shortly after his nomination and also why he believed that he was qualified to function as a National Commissioner in such a critical agency like NCC given the rigours, challenges and required expertise for efficiency of the commission, Abubakar said that he “did not bother to go for the credentials”.

He explained further that he “only went to school merely for knowledge having been self-employed prior to the nomination”.

The NCC Chairman-designate, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, expressed concern over the public perception of the Senate.

Durojaiye noted that as a former Senator, who also headed the Committee on Communications, he was committed and passionate for a very strong Senate that grows in leaps and bound.

He said: “Please permit me to convey a message from the oldest living former Senator, Chief Reuben Farosanti, who just clocked 91.

“Although I have presented it to the Senate President, Senator Farosanti had requested for a closed door session between the current Senate and the old generation to discuss.

“Considering the heat from the other side this has become imperative….”

The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Gilbert Nnaji, urged the nominees to seek to add value to the regulatory agency and ensure that Nigerian masses truly got the greatest benefits of their appointment if they scaled through.

Nnaji said that the committee would make its report available to the plenary for approval.

German Law On Insulting Leaders To Be Scrapped Immediately

A German law that prohibits insulting foreign heads of state is to be scrapped far sooner than initially planned, according to German media report on Thursday.


Justice Minister, Heiko Maas, is already working on a draft law to immediately reform the law, the German daily Rheinische Post reported online, citing government sources.


The obscure law had come into question after the government approved criminal proceedings against talk show host Jan Boehmermann for reciting a crude poem on German television.


He was accused of reciting a crude poem against Turkish President, Recep Erdogan, of watching child pornography and performing sex acts with animals.

An immediate scrapping of the law would now spare Boehmermann from a possible criminal sentence over his poem.

The German government had come under pressure after Chancellor Angela Merkel initially said the article of the criminal code on which the law is based should be removed by 2018, which would have allowed for the proceedings against Boehmermann to continue.



EFCC Arrests University VC, Others For Selling Govt. Owned N13m SUV As Scrap

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday arrested top officials of the Adamawa State University for selling a N13 million government-owned Toyota Land Cruiser as scrap.

The commission’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the arrest in a telephone interview.

Mr. Uwujaren said the vice chancellor of the university, Shall David Joshua, and the bursar, K.E. Anjili, were among those arrested.

“Our operatives in Yola, Adamawa State today arrested top officials of the Adamawa State University for questioning over the sale of a brand new Toyota Land Cruiser jeep as scrap to the former FRSC boss, Haladu Hananiya,” the EFCC spokesperson said.

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Yoruba Group Begs Buhari Not To Scrap Amnesty Programme

The National Committee of Yoruba Youths on Thursday urged the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to continue with the amnesty programme for ex-militants in the Niger Delta Region.

This was contained in a statement issued by the President of the group, Oladimeji Odeyemi, in Ibadan. The statement said calls for the discontinuation of the programme were unfortunate.

Mr. Odeyemi said dozens of youth from the region had been transformed through the amnesty programme and were doing well in the society.

Mr. Odeyemi urged Mr. Buhari to sustain the tempo? of the Presidential Amnesty Programme and continue with its funding to avoid another youth restiveness.

According to him, with the successful implementation of the amnesty programme, Nigeria’s crude oil production hovers between 2.2 million barrels and 2.4million barrels per day. “We call on the incoming administration to sustain the tempo of the Presidential Amnesty Programme and continue with its funding.

“The outgoing Presidential Amnesty Programme Chairman and Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Kingsley Kuku, and his team have turned the amnesty programme into a model to evaluate performance and service delivery.

“The amnesty programme in just four years has succeeded in training both locally and offshore, about 20,000 youths out of the 30,000 beneficiaries enlisted in the scheme,’’ he said.

Mr. Odeyemi said the feat had produced trained manpower to provide services in the oil and gas, power, maritime, agro-allied and the aviation industries in the country.

“As at today, almost 20,000 of these beneficiaries are in various institutions abroad while significant numbers are schooling in some of our best private universities in the country.

“When these youths are fortified with skills, the Niger Delta and, indeed, Nigeria will not depend on crude oil alone as its source of income,’’ Mr. Odeyemi said.

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Ignore Those Advocating Scrap Of Amnesty Programme, Ex Militant To Buhari

President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has been urged to ignore calls by some mischief makers to scrap the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

This call was made by former Niger Delta militants coming under the aegis of Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiative, LPCDI.

The repentant militants spoke on the heels of calls by prominent businessman in the region, , and others questioning the rationale for sustenance of the programme.

They asserted that such call was in bad faith and utterly misguided.

National President of LPCDI, Pastor Reuben Wilson, who spoke on Wednesday, described Emami’s call on Buhari to scrap the amnesty programme as one which was premised on his “pathological hatred for the Ijaw nationality.”

He stressed that it was also based on his misconceived idea that the Ijaws were the major beneficiaries of the amnesty programme, but argued that the programme was for all Niger Delta ex-militants.

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Ex Militants Warn Buhari Against Scraping Amnesty Programme

The Niger Delta Salvation Group, Tuesday, advised President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, against scrapping any of the interventionist programmes as well as the amnesty scheme initiated by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua.

The national coordinator of the group, Victor Tamarapreye, gave this warning in response to the defeat of their kinsman, Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party in the last presidential election. Tamarapreye explained that members of the group, which is a new coalition of ex-agitators, had been watching events before, during and after the last general elections.

Tamarapreye said, “As for the ‘President-elect,’ we want him and his party, the APC to note that we are watching carefully their plans and mission for the Niger Delta.

“We want them to recall the recent history of the region when crises led to disruption of Nigeria’s oil production capacity and inevitably affected the income accrued to federal, state and local governments.

“That was because of decade-old marginalisation of the region and her people, who are the chicken that lays the golden eggs…”

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Buhari Urged To Scrap N100bn Foreign Scholarship

The Commonwealth Youth Council has urged the President-elect, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to abolish foreign scholarships in the country after he assumes office on May 29.

In a statement issued by the CYC chairperson, Ahmed Adamu, in London on Saturday, the council said close to N100bn is spent on foreign scholarships annually by the Federal Government.

According to Adamu, who is also an economic expert, the expenditure had resulted in the abuse of the naira and triggered devaluation of the currency. He said this figure is extremely higher when adding the cost of other self-sponsored foreign education programmes.

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